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  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,229

When an 11-year-old boy is found murdered, forensic evidence and reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town's popular Little League coach. But the jailed suspect, arrested in a public spectacle, has an alibi, and further research convinces Detective Ralph Anderson that the coach was indeed out of town. So how can he have been in two places at the same time?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Outsider Stands Tall

  • By Simon on 24-05-18

Return to form

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-18

I liked how the story developed from a mystery into, well...something else. The characters were good; working class and honest. If anything the horror elements could have been built better, still better than Sleeping Beauties

  • Fevre Dream

  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Ron Donachie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

Abner Marsh has finally realised his heart's desire, he has built the Fevre Dream, the finest steamship ever to sail the Mississippi river. Marsh hopes to race the boat some day and prove its supremacy, but his partner seems determined to prevent him from fulfilling this ambition. Joshua York funded the creation of the Fevre Dream, but now rumours are spreading about the unusual company he keeps, his odd eating habits and strange waking hours. As the Dream crosses the great river, it leaves in its wake too many sinister stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fine melding of form and content.

  • By Mr. on 11-04-13

Supernatural, Steamboat, Suspense

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-01-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Firstly, it’s a good book. Somewhat of a slow burner, but it stands out for its characters, levels of detail and patient plot.

What other book might you compare Fevre Dream to, and why?

Interview with a vampire. Similar settings Slave plantations, New Orleans and old Europe. Apart from the same period, the characters had similar conflicts. Both brilliant, take their time and tell a patient story.

What about Ron Donachie’s performance did you like?

Brilliant.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Lots of suspense.

Any additional comments?

Great for Ann Rice Fans

  • Orca

  • By: Arthur Herzog III
  • Narrated by: Mark Moseley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Orca - the killer whale - is one of the most intelligent creatures in the universe. He hunts in packs, like a wolf. Incredibly, he is the only animal other than man who kills for revenge. He has one mate, and if she is harmed by man, he will hunt down that person with a relentless, terrible vengeance -across seas, across time, across all obstacles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good seafaring romp for Jaws fans

  • By Dallas Winston 9 on 07-01-18

A good seafaring romp for Jaws fans

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-18

Would you listen to Orca again? Why?

Yes. It certainly wasn’t a boring listen. Entertaining and a good companion to the old movie.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the man vs beast aspects plus the revenge themes. It was more mature than the film and a bit more believable. (A bit)

Have you listened to any of Mark Moseley’s other performances? How does this one compare?

First time I encountered this narrator. He gave a great performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending was actually quite profound.

Any additional comments?

Fans of the film will definitely enjoy it.

  • The Killer Whale Who Changed the World

  • By: Mark Leiren-Young
  • Narrated by: Mark Leiren-Young
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Killer whales had always been seen as bloodthirsty sea monsters. That all changed when a young killer whale was captured off the west coast of North America and displayed to the public in 1964. Moby Doll - as the whale became known - was an instant celebrity, drawing 20,000 visitors on the one and only day he was exhibited. He died within a few months, but his famous gentleness sparked a worldwide crusade that transformed how people understood and appreciated orcas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating from the first sentence.

  • By Dallas Winston 9 on 04-01-18

Fascinating from the first sentence.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-18

If you could sum up The Killer Whale Who Changed the World in three words, what would they be?

Mind-blowingly interesting.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Killer Whale Who Changed the World?

There are countless interesting and memorable moments. This book is full of antidotes and facts,(the subject of Moby Doll it is not only phenomenally researched but the book is entertaining) to pick one moment would be unfair and would misrepresent the scale this book covers. This book covers multiple aspects of killer whales/Orcas, the biology and the evolution of the social perception, all in an engaging and entertaining way.

What about Mark Leiren-Young’s performance did you like?

Mark Leiden-Young is the author of The Killer Whale Who Changed The World. For me, there could be no one better to read this book, he clearly knows his subject inside out. There is the sense of the personal touch to his narration that gave it a degree of originality.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I found the friendships between the Humans and Orcas to be particularly touching.

Any additional comments?

I bought this audiobook on a whim. By the end I felt emotionally attached to some of the characters involved human and non-human. My wife had to tell me to stop talking about it all. I think Mark Leiren-Young achieved something special. The book contains information and passion and was a true pleasure to listen too.

  • Farm Boy

  • By: Michael Morpurgo
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Set on a farm in rural Devon, Farm Boy is a collection of Grandpa's reminiscences and stories, touchingly told to his grandson. Joey was the last working horse on the farm, and the apple of Grandpa's eye. In War Horse, Joey was sent away from the farm to be a warhorse in World War I. Grandpa had joined the cavalry in order to find, and fight, with Joey. Farm Boy brings us forward 50 years....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • beautifully presented

  • By mandy on 31-05-17

Lovely little story.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It’s short but nice. I would actually recommend it to be read.

What did you like best about this story?

It had fable qualities to it.

What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

Good rounded voices. A good performance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and I did.

Any additional comments?

Short and sweet.

  • War Horse

  • By: Michael Morpurgo
  • Narrated by: Luke Treadaway
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 122

Michael Morpurgo’s classic tale, capturing the power of the human spirit. First published back in 1982, ‘War Horse’ has taken the world by storm. The book was adapted to the stage and was performed at the National Theatre and on Broadway. This full and unabridged edition is beautifully performed here by the National Theatre’s first Albert, OIivier-award-winner Luke Treadaway. At the outbreak of World War 1, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By Mary Boswell on 07-09-17

Charming Children’s Story.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-18

Would you consider the audio edition of War Horse to be better than the print version?

Yes, actually, I would. Being told the story in first person, from the point of view of the horse, Joey, made it grove well with a narrator.

What other book might you compare War Horse to, and why?

It reminded me of The jungle books, because the story being told from the animals point of view. There is a great sense of charm and adventure in both books also. You don’t know where either story might take you.

Which character – as performed by Luke Treadaway – was your favourite?

He gave a real sense of life and character to the horse. Luke Treadaway did a great job.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I like the tag from the Stephen Spielberg film; Separated by War. Tested by Battle. Bound by Friendship.

Any additional comments?

A truly brilliant listen. Through telling the story from the horse’s point of view, the author did not have to pick sides and showed that there were good people and bad people on either side. I think the horse is the perfect character for Children to emphasise with, as they could understand his struggles and the struggles of the characters he meets without getting caught up with the politics of the First World War.

  • The Shining

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,587

Danny is only five years old, but in the words of old Mr Hallorann he is a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny's visions grow out of control. As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty. So who is the lady in Room 217, and who are the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic horror novel

  • By Steve on 03-10-13

Nightmares at the overlook hotel.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-09-17

What made the experience of listening to The Shining the most enjoyable?

This was a reread for me. So revisiting a story I loved so much the first time was nice. Plus some genuinely good scares. Kingy at his best.

What did you like best about this story?

A good setting. Lots of tension and suspense. The paranormal aspects work well.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Room 217

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Tried. Got close. But a few breaks.

Any additional comments?

One of kings best works. A gothic masterpiece.

  • The Dead Zone

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,240

Meet Johnny Smith. A young man whose streak of luck ends dramatically in a major car crash. Followed by blackness. A long, long time in cold limbo. When he wakes up, life has been turned upside down. His fiancée has met someone else. And Johnny is cursed with the power to perceive evil in men's souls. He's had these hunches since he had an ice-skating accident as a child. Now he has an ability to see into the future. An ability which will bring him into a terrifying confrontation with a charismatic, power-hungry and dangerous man....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Bright Light of a Master Story-Teller!

  • By Simon on 28-04-17

Franco rocks the dead zone.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-09-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It is a great example of how good Stephen King is and also how enjoyable an audiobook can be when it is narrated by a professional.

What other book might you compare The Dead Zone to, and why?

The rest of the Stephen King cannon. Most notable Doctor Sleep. Both books deal with similar phenomenon, plus the struggle between good and evil and final confrontation are similar

What does James Franco bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Franco brought a real sense of emphathy to the characters. He was a narrator of the highest quality.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The part at the fair and the final confrontation were superb.

Any additional comments?

A great mix of fantastic story and amazing narration. Impossible not to enjoy.

  • Watching War Films with My Dad

  • By: Al Murray
  • Narrated by: Al Murray
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

Have you ever watched a film with someone who, at the most dramatic scene, argues that the plane on screen hasn't been invented yet? Or that the tank rumbling towards the hero at the end of the film is the wrong tank altogether? Al Murray is that someone. Try as he might, he can’t help himself. Growing up in the 1970s, Al, with the help of his dad, became fascinated with the history of World War Two.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listening to Al Murry with my Dad.

  • By John Bedder on 08-02-18

More enthusiasm than expertise.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-17

What made the experience of listening to Watching War Films with My Dad the most enjoyable?

Al Murry narrated the work. He brought a lot to his material.

What did you like best about this story?

The antidotes. Al Murry made the peice personal in a way more conventional historians never do. I appreciated that. Though at times the history was a little thin when it needed to be fatter. Though he was honest about not being an expert.

Which character – as performed by Al Murray – was your favourite?

Al Murry- Funnily enough

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was very funny and I laughed. Plus he got to go up in a spitfire and I was 'well jell'

Any additional comments?

Exactly what it says on the tin. Good fun.

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  • Half a War

  • Shattered Sea, Book 3
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Ben Elliot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474

A classic coming-of-age tale set in a vivid and richly imagined world from Sunday Times best-selling author Joe Abercrombie. Words are weapons. Princess Skara has seen all she loved made blood and ashes. She is left with only words. But the right words can be as deadly as any blade. She must conquer her fears and sharpen her wits to a lethal edge if she is to reclaim her birthright.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ok

  • By Robyn on 11-10-15

Ending in style

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-17

Would you listen to Half a War again? Why?

Yeah, a great series. Would like to listen to all the books in this series again.

What did you like best about this story?

There's lots of curveballs. It's not just a straightforward good guy bad guy adventure. There's treachery and politics at play. A good veraity of chatacters as well.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There always seems to be a good dual scene in Abercrombie's books. I enjoy them the most.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Just a tap bit too long for a single sitting. But if I could I would.

Any additional comments?

Joe Abercrombie is a writer who seems to find the heart of the story. Characters resurface but he pursues the story perfectly.
Expected more swearing though haha